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Beet Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

(Darrell skips a beat)
Dark red, vibrant green and a sprinkle of snow white make this salad dramatic in color.  Pretty dramatic in nutritional value as well, watch and listen.

Aromatic Baked Apple with walnuts and raisins

(Ginger puts the truck deposit in jeopardy)
One time a friend of Steve's gave him a whole bushel of apples.  In his zeal to use them he began baking them in the evening and eating one for breakfast.  This is not just dessert.  Try a warm one with Vanilla Nut Cream.

Arugula Salad with Tofu Goddess Dressing

(Jane stars in Phil's commercial)

Crisp clean greens dressed with a creamy herbal dressing.  Sounds nice to us!  The dressing can be used as a topping on pasta or grains too.  Gluten-free. Vegan. Refreshing.
Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

(Steve throws a curve ball)
Buckwheat (soba) noodles, sesame seeds and fresh vegetables are tossed with a strong sesame dressing. To make the meal complete add grilled steak strips or fried tofu.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

(No one wants to know)
Watch Cynthia and Steve throw together their favorite salad using wild greens, sweet glazed nuts, dried cranberries and blue cheese topped with a super easy vinaigrette.

Be Bop Breakfast

(Early girl gets the worm)
Need to have superb energy throughout your day?  Start with this wildly loose version of the Korean dish Be Bim Bop (translates to mixed rice).  Brown rice, kale, egg, butter, condiments - cereal from a box can't compare.

Ben's Friday Pancakes

(Cynthia's frustration snowballs)
Magical flourless whole grain pancakes made by soaking steel cut oats and buckwheat groats overnight. Warm breakfast for cold mornings.

Big Mo Minestrone with Garden Fresh Vegetables

(Ward answers the foreboding doorbell)
This is one of those go-to soups that we use frequently to feed the family.  Lots of fresh vegetables.  The beans and potatoes keep the dish hearty.  Economical, comforting food.

Blanched Vegetables

(Steve loses by a nose)
Clear instructions for this useful cooking technique for broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

Bok Choy Tofu Yaki Soba

(Where will Doris sleep?)
Vegetable Yaki Soba is one of my go-to meals when I can't think of anything to make. It's easy.  It's inexpensive.  Warm, nourishing garlic ginger broth with simmered vegetables ladled over noodles.  Young and old love this one-dish meal.  Maybe Doris would like it too.

Bourbon BBQ Prawns

(Our Ward is here to stay)
Ever wondered what spices and flavorings comprise that sassy New Orleans flavor?  We've spelled it out for you in this video. Vegetarians and vegans - replace the shrimp with cooked black-eyed peas (so good!).

Braised Greens

(Will Darrell barter?)
The BEST cooking method for assertive greens like kale and collards. Renders them tender and tasty.

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots in Cheddar Cheese Sauce

(Chip off the old block)
Adding a simple cheddar cheese sauce to blanched vegetables is oh so nice. Let Jane show you how.

Brown Rice in a Rice Cooker

(Jane's no dummy)
You need more water when cooking brown rice in the cooker. Jane's got this one down.

Brown Sugar Apple Pie

(Cynthia considers gas)
Ooo la la.  Watch Steve groan with pleasure as it savors a mouthful of sweet apple pie.  Traditional, all-American, no-frills, just-apples dessert.

Caramelized Bananas

(Jane wears children's clothing)
Whole fruit plus some heat intensifies the sweetness enough to call it dessert.  Watch what bananas do under the broiler with a few flavors added. A Captain J. favorite.

Caribbean Lime Halibut

(The band gets a gig in Pasco?)
Marinate wild halibut in lime ginger and garlic; reduce the remaining marinade to a nice glaze after cooking the fish and everyone at the table will love you.

Cherry Jam-filled Mochi

(Jane plants an idea)
Unique hot breakfast dish using mochi - pounded sweet brown rice.

Chicken Cabbage Carrot Teriyaki

(Both Steve & Jane are interested in chippers)
A favorite in our home. Cook a pot of rice and stir-fry chicken and oodles of vegetables adding a sauce made from tamari, brown sugar, ginger, honey and garlic.

Chicken Tikka Masala

(Ward's extended stay)
You have to try this sassy saucy Indian dish.  The tikka sauce is a pure heaven combo of tomato sauce, heavy cream and spices.  Our recipe also offers a vegetarian version made with chickpeas.  Everybody's happy! 

Chickpea, Carrot and Broccoli Indian Curry

(Jane phones home)
An easy family meal made easier if you have a jar of curry paste handy. This version merges familiar carrots, potatoes, broccoli and chickpeas into a tomato-based curry sauce. Just right served over Golden Spice Rice or Quinoa or while retrieving your child from jail.

Chili con Grass-Fed Carne

(Is chili Dutch?)
Crazy easy con carne. Cinnamon, onions, kidney beans, beef and tomatoes. The neighbors beg us to invite them over.

Chinese Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

(Breathless in Seattle
Open your mind to a better breakfast.  Sweet breakfasts don't suit everybody.  Many of us prefer a savory start to the day.  With cooked brown rice on hand preparation is only few minutes.  This dish works as a one-dish lunch or dinner too.

Chocolate Brown Rice Crispy Treats

(Steve lives long and prospers)

They're gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, easy-to-pack ... sounds perfect for a trip boldly going where no man has gone before.  And they only take minutes to make - a dessert that's warp speed!
Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

(Steve friends an old flame)
Steve reminisces while making this heavenly flour-free dessert. Coconut, honey, egg white and baking chocolate are all you need.

Classic Greek Salad

(There's something different about Cynthia)

But what is it?  Will anyone notice?  Who cares!  We got classic Greek salad on the menu.  Get your tomatoes and cucumbers ready!  Serve it alongside hummus and warm pita.
Coconut Maple Creme

(Ward seeks consenting adult)
This smooth and silky textured custard works on its own or with a few slices of brightly colored fruit on top. Cross your fingers for our not so smooth and silky Ward.

Coconut Peanut Sauce

(Steve imagines roasting a turkey)
Dreamy creamy Thai-flavored sauce made from coconut milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh ginger and toasted sesame oil. Pour it over fried tofu, cooked, greens, rice, grilled chicken, blanched vegetables and more.

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Cranberry Apple Relish

(Home on the range or hotplate)
This recipe is much less complicated than putting up a tent.  Whether you're living indoors or out during the holiday season, include this seasonal fruit dish on your table.

Cranberry Ginger Cider

(What was Steve thinking?)
Festive hot drink for wintery weather. Fresh ginger makes it warming. Do not give this to your puppy.

Cranberry Lemon Zest Scones

(Goodbye house)
Scones are a snap.  These have fiber (whole grain pastry flour) and are not too sweet.  Just right with a cup of tea or coffee.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

(Benjamin Franklin amuses Jane)
A revitalizing dairy-free  soup using fresh, local asparagus, cumin and dill.  Perfect for spring.

Creamy Sesame Noodles

(Will Phil and Jane ever do something?)
Holy toledo what's going in the lunchbox today?  Forgot to shop for dinner?  No problem.  These are speedy to make, yummy going down.

Curry Paste

(Steve grinds while Darrell stares)
Having this deeply flavored paste on hand makes short work of curry dinners. It also makes an excellent gift.

Date Pecan Bon Bons

(See Jane run)
Amazingly easy, crazy delicious and easy-to-pack (unless you're carrying the whole machine). Fresh dates, orange zest and toasted pecans do the trick.

Date Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

(Jane fills in the blanks)
You can feel good about eating sweets that are made from whole foods.  These beauties are filled with whole dates and raisins to give them natural sweetness and ample fiber.  They take a little time – but don't most good things?

Discover. Cook. Nourish.: CPPW grant workshops

(Cookus Interruptus goes to school)
Cynthia designed the curriculum for these 8-hour workshops for school food service workers as part of a national grant (CPPW - Communities Putting Prevention to Work). 

Dough for Sourdough

Steve asks for your help.

Dr. Bruce's Awesome Salmon

(Ward blends in)

There's a reason this is named awesome and it's all about the marinade - lime, ginger, garlic, scallions and toasted sesame oil team up for a big win.  Tips on how to choose healthy fish offered up from Steve.
Edamame Succotash with Lemon Herb Butter

(Jane votes for everyone)
So easy it's embarrassing.  Good looking too!  No, not your dream date (gee), your dream side dish!

Edamame Tofu Salad w/Sesame Chile Dressing

(Steve recruits Darrell)
A beautiful composed salad with soba noodles, fried tofu, blanched edamame, fresh cabbage and carrots with a zippy Asian dressing. You'll want more.

Emerald City Salad

(Mothering skills have eluded Jane)
Wild rice, local seasonal greens, fennel and red cabbage melded with a clean lemon olive oil dressing makes this a northwest favorite.

Falafel Burgers

(Ward seeks love connection)
Make your Mondays (or any day) meatless by whipping up this vegetarian delight.  There are some secrets to getting them right ( the video).

Farro Mushroom Risotto with sage and thyme

(Two weeks till the wrecking ball )
Farro (aka emmer) is a chewy, satisfying whole grain grown locally in Washington State.  Soak it and cook it slowly to maximize flavor and tenderize the texture.  The fresh herbs and mushrooms add amazing aroma.

Feeding the Whole Family 4

Introducing the brand new 4th edition of Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family.

Fish Tacos w/Creamy Cilantro Sauce

(Ward barks up the wrong tree)
My family begs for these tacos which utilize lime & garlic marinated halibut and fresh vegetables with a mayo or yogurt cilantro-lime sauce drizzled in among the fish and vegetables.

French Lentil Dijon Spread

(Phil moves Jane.)
Need an easy, unique appetizer?  This blend works well as a party dip for crackers and vegetables or use it as a sandwich spread with whole wheat toast with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise - throw on some pickled red onions or caramelized onions to make it scrumptious.

French Lentils with Sage Butter

(For whom the bell tolls)
Those tiny French lentils become majestic when joined by sage, scallion and currants sauteed in butter then drizzled with Queen Balsamic.

Fresh Local Organic

(Steve peels a grape)
The most important concepts to base your food shopping on. Find out why.

Freshly Ground Spice Chai Tea

(The answer is "yes")
Star anise, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and whole cloves buzzed them in a small grinder to release flavor, simmer with fresh ginger and serve with honey and milk. This is the real deal.  Let Jane show you how.

Fried Brown Rice with Peas and Currants

(How old is she?)
Leftover cooked brown rice transformed by heat, butter, toasted nuts, peas and aromatic spices.

Fried Tempeh

(Jane blows Grandpa's cover)
Tempeh is a magnificent fermented whole food. Excellent protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Here's how to make it sing - a quick fry in coconut oil.

Fried Tofu

(Who's gonna pick up Joaquin?)
With the right heat and the right oil your tofu will come out crisp on the outside, tasty throughout. Marinating first is key.


(Good thing Jane only has one kid)
Fresh fruits, 100% fruit juices blended with coconut milk or vanilla yogurt freeze up into inexpensive, refreshing treats for all ages.

Gay's Mini Pot Roast with Many Vegetables

(Steve has a beef with the roast)
Lots of carrots, parsnips, potatoes and Brussel sprouts take a long trip with red wine and a modest piece of grass-fed beef. Tasty destination worth the drive.

Ginger Tea

(Jane measures thumbs)
Cookus goes therapeutic.  Jane shows you how to make this simple strong tea that will get your stagnation flowing.

Gingerbread Molasses Cookies

(Cynthia mixes it up in her new kitchen)
Fresh ginger root and molasses give these chewy cookies many flavor tones.  Maybe all that iron, calcium and B vitamins will help Jane get her voice back.

Gluten Free Flour

(Why have just one?)
Lots of people are sensitive to wheat or have a Celiac disease diagnosis  Jane shows you how to make a very simple gluten-free flour mix that can be used to make baked goods. Tip on where to get the products in the recipe.

Golden Spice Rice

(No blame, no gain)
By simply sauteing brown rice in ghee, cardamom and turmeric before simmering you change the color and flavor dramatically. Don't tell me brown rice is boring.

Green Eggs (no ham)

(Steve does not like them in the fridge)

Cynthia schools us on where to get the best eggs. And then shows us her tricky little wilt-first method of adding nutritious leafy greens to this super-healthy breakfast.
Greg's Cauliflower Gratin

(Local chef turned marriage counselor)
Watch Chef Greg Atkinson make this creamy comfort food and give Cynthia marital advice simultaneously.  Good visuals of how to make a roux.

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

(Darrell missed the talk)
Grill zucchini, portobella mushrooms, eggplant and red pepper. Toss with fresh salad greens, feta and a mustardy sweet dressing for pleasing summer meal.

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Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing

(Has anyone seen the bird?)
Aromatic artisan bread, fresh apples and sage, roasted chestnuts, celery and butter - what more could a bird want? Perfect meat-less vegetarian side dish too.

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

If Jane can make it, so can you

Homemade Dog Food

(Ginger goes organic)
Keep your dog healthy by feeding  fresh food instead ground, dried, kibble made from the unused parts of unhealthy animals.  Also keeps their coat shiny, healthy and good looking. Be sure to also have a look the six-page pdf (linked in the recipe) that gives more details.

Honey Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

(Wood chipper interrupts Jane)
The bottled stuff sucks by comparison. You can make a bunch and keep it handy to marinate fish, toss into stir-frys, slip a bit into salad dressings.

Hoppin' John

(See Ginger run)
Another flavorful vegetarian dinner that complies with the "Eat real food. Mostly plants." message. Serve it with polenta or your favorite cornbread and braised greens. That's a good meal.

How to Caramelize Onions

(Men doing what men do)
Patience grasshopper.  Watch these men do nothing while everything happens in the pan.

How to Cook Beans

(Ginger tries gardening)
Cook beans from scratch.  It's no big deal.  They taste much better than beans from a can.  Get the lowdown, all your questions answered (well as many as we could think of...)

How to Cut Lemongrass

(Cynthia finds the tender part)
The slender fragrant stalk that gives Thai food its unique taste can be daunting.  Not anymore.Watch.

How to Cut Up a Cabbage

Make life easier by watching our how to videos

How to Cut Up a Chicken

(contains some graphic violence)
If Steve can do it, anyone can. Cutting up a whole chicken saves time, money and waste. Having a routine of cutting up and cooking a whole chicken can provide protein for several meals during the week.

How to Cut Up an Onion

(Ward's love is here to stay)
There is a safe, respectful, tearless way to have a relationship with an onion.  Find out how.

How to Dice a Carrot

(Snowman made out of WHAT?)
Practice your geometry by carefully dicing a carrot.  How many little
squares can you make out of one carrot? How many does Cynthia make?

How to Hard Boil an Egg

(Jane smells something fishy)
Non-violent hard-boiled eggs explained simply by Jane.  So easy you can check email and text while you're doing it.

How to Make Ghee

(Carlotta needs clarification)

Magnify the flavor of spices by sizzling them in ghee to begin your dish.  An excellent cooking fat as it imparts the buttery flavor but holds a higher heat when clarified.
How to Make Vanilla Extract

(Jane's secret elixer)

Makes a special gift for your favorite cook.  Plan ahead!  
Why does Jane always keep some in her purse?
How to Operate a Pressure Cooker

(Cynthia lets off a little steam)
Today's pressure cookers are safe and efficient. I love using mine to cook beans, grains and root vegetables, even applesauce. Here's how.

How to Peel Ginger

(Steve dreams of peeling Mary Ann)
See how easy it can be with a spoon.

How to Pressure Cook Beets

(Cynthia feels cooped up)
People who tell me they hate this vegetable reconsider, maybe even fall in love, when they taste pressure-cooked beets.  The magic pot renders them tender and silky.  The gritty texture and sometimes dirty flavor goes away.  Cmon.  Give 'em a try.

How to season a cast iron skillet

(heat, fat, smoke, cool) Gentlemen, turn on your fans. 

How to Separate an Egg

Everybody has an opinion.

How to Sharpen a Knife

(Cynthia sees no reflection)
A dull knife is the most dangerous tool in the kitchen.  Learn this inexpensive, tried and true method of how to keep your knife sharp.  Soon you also will see no reflection (on the knife blade, not in the mirror…gee)

How to Toast Sesame Seeds

(Ward by a hair)

Open sesame, the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights, reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.  When toasted these lovelies add a magical flavor and texture to dishes like Edamame Tofu Salad with Sesame Chili Dressing and Asian Noodle Salad both of these dishes are perfect for potlucks and picnics. 
Huevos Rancheros

(Ward masters multitasking)
Traditional Mexican breakfast presents buttered corntortilla with fried egg on top smothered in tomatoes, chilies and onions. Grated cheese, avocado and black beans added make you want to shout ole.


(Fatima strikes the wrong chord)
Hummus made with freshly cooked garbanzos, lemon, garlic and tahini makes a handy staple for appetizers, sandwiches and more. Just ask Jane.

Jane's Bio

(Jane's priorities defined)

Jeff's Potato Pancakes

(Jane practices for a date)
Everybody Loves Potato Pancakes.  It's true.  This recipe comes from Jeff Basom, former chef at Bastyr University and it is quite the favorite among the students for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Joaquin's Lunch Box

(What's Jane packing?)
Ideas for four superman or superwoman lunches-to-go utilizing family dinner leftovers.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

(Will Phil pass the test?)
Roasting a chicken (or two depending on your family size) saves minutes and money.  The flavorful chicken can be used for Sunday dinner, and then transformed into a Tuesday soup, a Thursday salad.

Lemon Rosemary Flea Spray

(Doris does Dubai)
Say no to insecticides!  Find out how to make this naturally protective spray for your doggie.

Lemon Tahini Sauce

(Darrell likes burritos)
And who cares when you can have some of this zesty tahini lemon garlic sauce flowing over rice, fresh greens, blanched vegetables, falafel or as a dip for pita.

Lime Boost

(Joaquin considers gardening)
A jar of this sweetened lime concentrate is perfect for fish marinades, cabbage salad dressings, an icy drink and more. Excellent to add to the athlete's water bottle.

Man-to-Man Chipotle Black Bean Stew

(Jane takes an anniversary picture)
Black beans cooked with a chipotle pepper, corn, fire-roasted tomatoes, cilantro make a hearty stew with Southwest flavors.

Mango Lime Salsa

(A brief encounter)
Cutting a ripe mango can be fun. Let Jane show you how. Adding the mango cubes to lime and cilantro and plopping it on Mole Chicken or in a Fish Taco - even more fun!

Maple Butter Nut Granola

(Jane pulls one out of the oven)
Rolled oats, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds coated with maple syrup, butter and sweet spices makes the most heavenly granola. Friends squeal for a big jar of this for a birthday present.

Mary's Kalamata Tapenade

(Joaquin knows when to hold 'em)
If you enjoy the deep flavor of kalamata olives, you will savor this traditional Provencal dish.  It is a popular food in the south of France, where it is generally eaten as an hors d'œuvre, spread on bread.  A total flavor burst  served with White Bean and Kale Minestrone or Rosemary Red Soup.

Massaged Kale Salad with Apples & Gorgonzola

Our most popular "eat your greens" recipe

Mediterranean Quinoa with Mint, Feta & Pine Nuts

(Steve strains the relationship)
Cook nutrient-dense quinoa until it's light and fluffy, dress it with lemon juice and olive oil and then add Mediterranean treasures.

Mexican Brown Rice

(Was that Joaquin?)
Serving tacos, enchiladas, chicken in mole? Use cumin, chili powder and a touch of tomato paste to brown rice for a perfect side dish.

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

(Steve tries bazumba)
Chocolate, almond butter and salted caramel - oh my.  These cakes are quick to make, gluten free, and the soft middle melts in your mouth - does it get better? 

Mirin Baked Chicken with Shitake Mushrooms

(Facelift, the social network for Ward)
This succulent entrée is crazy simple.  The mirin (sweet rice wine) and tamari meld with the chicken to make a dark sweet sauce.  The oven does all the magic. 

Miso Happy Broth

(Cynthia answers the call)
Taking the time to allow land and sea vegetables to infuse a soup stock with their nutrients creates a powerful soup.  The probiotics in the miso make it easy to digest too.  Try it while you wait for the phone company to fix voice mail.  You'll have LOTS of time.

Mussels with Apple Cider, Caper and Thyme Glaze

(Chef Becky Selengut mussels Cynthia out)
While Cynthia moonlights her friend Backy Selengut, author of Good Fish, steps in to teach you how to make this simply delicious seafood recipe.

Napa Cabbage Slaw with Toasted Almonds

(Ward arrives with baggage)
Delicate Napa Cabbage all decked out in a lime, soy and sesame oil dressing. Toasted almonds add crunch.

Nori Wrapped Wasabi Salmon

(Harmony is lacking at band practice)
When you smear nori with wasabi, mustard and herbs and wrap it around salmon before cooking, the mineral-rich sea vegetable shrink-wraps the fish as it cooks and keeps it moist. The wasabi and herbs add kick.


(Ward goes nuts)
Cooked brown rice provides the sticky base for these vegetarian burgers made with nuts and spices. No soy analogs here!

Orange Glazed Salmon Kebobs with Yogurt Garlic Dip

(Ginger gets a bath)
Impress everyone at the dinner table with these savory sweet salmon morsels. The reduced orange, honey and tamari glaze and the cool yogurt dip will help Jane regain a smile after what she's just seen.

Parsley Pumpkin Seed Garnish

(Darrell finds his pulse)
Fresh parsley and garlic ground up with toasty pumpkin seeds make this deceptively simple yet decidedly yummy garnish. The extra layer of flavor and texture makes creamy soups, sandwiches and salads sing.

PB and J No Bread Blues

Jane sings for bread.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Zoom Zoom Bars

(Communication breakdown)
For a scrumptious post play snack
This is real food you should pack
When feeding your body, aim for the stars:
Peanut Butter Cranberry Zoom Zoom Bars

Peasant Kasha, Potatoes and Mushrooms

(Where is everybody?)
Toasted buckwheat groats (aka kasha) is a superior gluten-free grain that is underutilized. Cynthia shows you how to make it with potatoes, mushrooms and onions added.

Pepper Crusted Seared Ahi

(Men throw fish at Jane)
Hopefully they threw no ahi tuna at her.  This delicate fish should be barely seared.  The black pepper crust and the fruity sauce elevate the fish dish to rock star status. Serve it to guests.

Picky Eaters and Tomato Basil Soup

(Joaquin doesn't pick on goldfish)
Learn simple strategies for shifting picky eaters while Cynthia makes a please-everyone Tomato Basil Soup.

Poached Egg

(A taxing meeting for Cynthia)
The Joy of Cooking method of poaching the incredible edible egg. Vortex required.

Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce with Mascarpone

(Steve solves the puzzle)
Sexy pear halves take a bath in pomegranate juice than the deep red juice is reduced down to make a syrupy topping. Steve knows how to please.

Poached Salmon Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Gremolata

(Not the masters of their domain)
Unbelievable news revealed by Ward as Cynthia prepares this savory, mouth-watering salad from one of her favorite cookbooks. Blanched green beans, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and wild salmon gently poached in aromatics. Try this one!

Polenta with Asiago Cheese

(A stirring family tale)
Cooking can be a joyful way to nurture yourself, your family and your corn grits. Stir a little cheese in at the end and the love blossoms even more.

Pressure Cooked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

(Cynthia snoozes while Jane mashes)
Saves time and  intensifies flavor to use the pressure cooker.  Add garlic for an extra dimension (or try adding a little wasabi powder for a little kick).

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

(Ward's no Einstein)
Molasses and honey and cinnamon and nutmeg and butter made into muffins entice some love bites from your family.  Pack them in the lunchbox, serve them for breakfast.

Quick Pickled Red Onions

(Ward goes fishing)
Very handy to keep a jar of this bright colored condiment around.  Perks up sandwiches, salads and super easy to make.

Quick-Boiled Collard Greens

(Jane offers community service with Seattle PD)
An easy way to tame assertive greens - send them to the jacuzzi until they relax. This cooking method preserves nutrients, discards bitterness, brings our flavor.


(The perfect grain inspires a song)
Get clear instructions for how to make this quick-cooking, nutrient-dense grain come out just right.

Raita Yogurt Topping

(Steve is transformed by a chef's coat)
Word in nutritional research is that we all need more probiotics in our diet. Get the friendly bacteria in an awesome topping for vegetable curries, fish, chicken, rice by making this dish with high-quality whole milk yogurt.

Rapunzel's Triple Chocolate Brownies

(Phil ties Jane's tongue)
Nobody complains about a pan of these coming out of the oven.

Roasted Kabocha and Chicken with Chocolate Enchilada Sauce

A combination inspired by Southern hemisphere gods, perfect for a northern hemisphere fall or winter supper.  Roast and dig in!

Roasted Winter Squash

(Steve's key to success)
From cutting safely to the final flavor drizzle, learn the step-by-step for roasting your autumn harvest of winter squash.

Romaine Chopped Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing

(Phil finds feasible floor plan)
 The sharp sweet basil salad dressing poured over crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, blue cheese, yummy chickpeas and the reliable hard boiled egg make this chop salad win over anybody's taste buds.  Vegetarian, gluten-free main dish salad.

Rooibos Raspberry Soda

(What is sodie?)
Google each of the ingredients in the major brands of soda pop and you may never chug a can again. Instead find out how refreshing herbal tea, raspberry juice and berry seltzer water can be.

Rosemary Red Soup

(Jane helps Darrell with his letters)
A beautiful looking soup that boasts all local winter vegetables and herbs.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes/Getting Kids to Eat Veggies

Find out how to entice kids to eat more vegetables.

Ruby Red Pickled Beets

(It'll grow)
These sweetly spiced beets will glamorize any meal. Plop them next to your sandwich at lunch time.  Pretty up the dinner plate by adding this deep red color.

Saffron Buttered Millet with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

(Where's Doris?)
Millet is a tricky grain to make fluffy and separate. Cynthia not only has the right tips but a dress-up for this plain jane grain that includes saffron, leeks, currants, nuts and roasted red peppers. Tastes good.

Saffron Rice

Lemon Kissed Saffron Brown Rice

Cynthia adds zesty citrus and exotic saffron threads to knock the plain Jane out of simple brown rice.

Samurai Salmon Bowl

(Ward moves on)
This combo of salmon, nori, avocado and zippy wasabi will have you leaping into action like a Japanese war lord.  Dine and conquer!

Santa Fe Black Bean Salad

(Joaquin thinks Batman is slapstick)
Oops!  Nothing for the lunch box?  Company coming over to watch the game?  Keep your pants on!  This recipe saves the day.


(Whose rules are those?)
Making your own sauerkraut is easy and rewarding.  All you need is a head of cabbage and the inclination to chop and pound.  Fermented foods like sauerkraut have shown to be beneficial to health for centuries.

Smoked Salmon Reuben

(Jane loses her gloves)
Hands down the best comfort-food sandwich ever.  The sauerkraut works magic. 

Soba Noodles

(Cynthia answers the call)
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat ( which strangely is no relation to the wheat plant) and wheat. This noodle makes a quick whole grain dish that can be dressed with peanut sauce or lemon tahini sauce or a simple vinaigrette. 100% soba ( all buckwheat) is available for those who are wheat sensitive.

Spiced Sweet Potatoes with apple and kale

(Homeless in Seattle)
Hip hip hooray, brightly colored vegetables!  Roasting sweet potatoes makes them super sweet.  Combining apples and kale is divine.  Put them together and what can we say?  Fabulous vegetable dish coming your way.

Split Pea Soup with Potatoes and Dill

(The new neighbor)
Not real pretty to look at but neither is the new neighbor.  We give you the how to on both a vegetarian version and one that includes ham. The cumin + dill marry well with peas.  Try it.  You'll see. 

Squash and Raisin Stuffed Chicken Breasts

(Steve sells home plate)
Stuffed chicken breasts sounds difficult and gourmet - not true. A fantastic way to renovate leftovers like roasted squash and extend a pound of chicken to feed a family. Very pretty morsels too!

Starting Baby on Food

(What's in the oven?)
Real food from home-cooked meals surpasses the jarred or boxed stuff by miles. We share the basic 1-2-3's of starting baby on the best.

Steel Cut Oats

(Steve boldly alters the recipe)
Man up to a big bowl of hot oat cereal in the morning. Add raisins, nuts or do it the Steve way with peanut butter. To save time, soak oats the night before.  Cynthia splains it in the recipe...

Steve's Bio

This will clarify everything about Steve.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

(Is Robert Plant organic?)
Strawberry and rhubarb together make a stairway to heaven.  Watch and you'll see what we mean. The oat nut topping is quite versatile; it can also be pressed into a crust.

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce
(What ever happened to Phil?)
Greens greens and more greens!  We're sporting a vegetarian and non-vegetarian filling for these beauties. 

Summer Fruit Ambrosia with Vanilla Nut Cream

(Darrell tries to fix Cynthia's hot flash fan)
Gather berries and apricots when they are prime, envelop them in a little citrus sweet to fold their color and top them with this sexy little dairy-free cream made from vanilla, cashews, maples syrup and water.

Sweet Glazed Nuts

Hostess gift!

Sweet Pepper Relish

(No interruptus)
Adding condiments made from raw vegetables gives meals extra enzymes, nutrients and (most noteworthy) flavor. This bright red relish made from bell peppers adds all of the above to any meal.

Sweet Potato Corn Muffins

(Steve horses around)
The vegetable in these muffins are not hiding, they are starring. These babies stay moist much longer than most cornbreads.  Why?  The added sweet potatoes of course!
Sweet Rice Timbales

(Joaquin seeks Scrabble partner)
Like the refreshing flavor of sushi rice?  This video recipe shows you how to make it using whole grains and natural sweeteners.  Plus we show you how to make shapely rice and a glimpse of Jane's boy. 

Szechwan Tempeh

(Steve and Cynthia throw caution to the breakwind)
This is a favorite dish of mine that I use frequently to introduce my students to tempeh.  We usually serve it with a grain such as
Quinoa, Mediterranean Quinoa, Sweet Rice Timbales, Saffron Buttered Millet or Soba NoodlesMANGO LIME SALSA is the perfect sweet condiment for this savory vegetarian dish.

Tamari Roasted Nuts

(Steve & Darrell schedule a play date)
We have to have these around. We need them for a quick, satisfying snack (try jumbling them with raisins and chocolate chips). People ask me to make them as a gift because they believe they are hard to make. Shhh - it's so easy.

Tempeh Tacos with Chipotle Cream

(Ward can run but he can't hide)

They're gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, and they happen to be downright yummy.  Bonus recipe because we've included Avocado Salsa too!  Perfect for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or What the Heck Am I Gonna Make Tonight Wednesday, 
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

(Steve rebounds for soup)
This traditional Thai soup uses coconut milk, lemon grass and fish sauce to form a flavorful base.  The ginger garlic influence make it a perfect kill-the-cold  soup.  A popular family favorite.  We also give instructions for how to make this a vegetarian/vegan dish in the recipe. Enjoy!

Thai Steak Salad

(Ginger causes two pies worth of trouble)
There's no dilemma about this omnivore delight.  Lime, cilantro, garlic and some heat rubbed into some grass fed beef.  Medium rare strips served over salad with cucumber.  I'm salivating, how about you?

Thai Yellow Curry Tempeh

(Ward lets it simmer)
Okay - you'll need to stretch yourself and shop for lemongrass, Thai red chilies, Kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce but the enhanced coconut milk will make you soon no matter what vegetables, tofu, chicken, shrimp or tempeh you invite in.

The Cookus Cupboard Baking Essentials

(Jane's sweet on trees & bees, vanilla & Phil)
Are you ready to bake?  Jane will help you gather the ingredients you need to make sweet treats for your family.

The Cookus Cupboard: Beans and Soyfoods

(Jane helps herself)
Keep your pantry stocked with versatile, economical beans.  If you make a pledge to eat vegetarian meals a few times a week, beans and soyfoods are the perfect protein.  Cynthia shows you how to purchase and store  while Jane prepares for a glove exchange.

The Cookus Cupboard: Fats, Oils and Vinegars

(Steve grills Phil)
Here's a list of fats and oils that provide the highest quality cooking experience (best flavor too!) brought to you by Steve.

The Cookus Cupboard: Herbs and Spices

(Jane has a spicy encounter)
Want a list of basic fresh herbs and dry spices to keep on hand?  Make your life easier, save money and shop with Jane.  She'll spell out the flavor boosters you need to stock up on and show you how to store fresh herbs so they last. Watch out for those peppercorns.  Like Cupid's arrows.

The Cookus Cupboard: Nuts and Dried Fruit

(Nutty girl seeks check-out boy.)
Nuts and seeds have provided solid, whole foods nourishment to humans for thousands of years - maybe millions.  The fats in nuts and seeds are excellent for the brain and the body.  Stock up on these pantry items so you can make favorite Cookus recipes.

The Cookus Cupboard: Whole grains and flours

(Field trip!!!)
Cynthia gives you a starter shopping list for whole grains and flours, shows you how easy it is to buy in bulk and how to have meaningful conversations with the check-out guy.

Three Sisters Stew

(Jane dresses for work)
At the peak of early fall fresh corn, dried beans and winter squash emerge together after the growing season. Collect the harvest of these three sisters and prepare this cinnamon and chili kissed warm stew.

Top 10 First Foods for Baby

(Ward enters the fold)
Generate superior foods for baby by using wholesome food that the family typically dines on.

Triple A Salad

(so you wanna do something?)

Toasted almonds, creamy avocado and mineral-rich arame team up to create this flavorful salad that is low in calories and high in calcium while Jane re-interprets dating word nuance. This happy salad is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Turn Up the Heat Molasses BBQ Sauce

(Don't ask, don't tell)
Steve mans up to sauce combining tomato, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar and HEAT (chipotle or cayenne). Slather on beans, chicken and more.

Tuxedo Chocolate Prunes and Apricots

(A campground double boiler)
Sweet treat that is full of fiber, fun to make and couldn't be easier - is that possible???  Watch and see.

What is a Whole Food?

(Has anyone seen Joaquin?)
Whole food is a slippery term used to indicate healthy. Let Cynthia define what is truly meant by whole with a short series of questions.

White Bean and Kale Minestrone

(Can't run with scissors!)
Cooked white beans, fresh sage and a touch of tomato paste create the creamy base for this nourishing soup. 

Whole Grain Butter Pie Crust

butter + coconut oil = tasty and flaky

Why Use Sea Salt?

(Steve asks some granular questions)
Find out how to identify a high-quality salt and start adding valuable trace minerals to your food.

Wild Rice

(Does Cynthia really measure up?)
A unique and nutritious grain worthy of the patience involved to make it come out tender. Using the right amount of heat and time is imperative. Can be done as a family member embarks on a new hobby.

Yummy Yam Frosting

Loaded with golden-orange color, sweet earthy flavor and A and C nutrients. An awesome way to utilize leftover yams and sweet potatoes.  Frost up Pumpkin Pecan Muffins, ginger cookies, carrot cake or raisin bread and you will become very popular.